Individuation and Identity in Early Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Philosophy - 275 pages
Philosophy in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries has traditionally been characterized as being primarily concerned with epistemological issues. This book is not intended to overturn this characterization but rather to balance it through an examination of equally important metaphysical, or ontological, positions held, explicitly or implicitly, by philosophers in this period.

Major philosophers whose views are discussed in this book include Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Leibniz, Wolff, and Kant. In addition, the contributors of minor Cartesians, especially Regis and Desgabets, are analyzed in a separate chapter. Although the views of early modern philosophers on individuation and identity have been discussed before, these discussions have usually been treated as asides in a larger context. This book is the first to concentrate on the problems of individuation and identity in early modern philosophy and to trace their philosophical development through the period in a coherent way.

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The Problem of Individuation among the Cartesians
Descartes and the Individuation of Physical Objects
Malebranche and the Individuation of Perceptual Objects
Spinozas Theory of Metaphysical Individuation
The Scheme of Simple
Berkeley Individuation and Physical Objects
Substance and Self in Locke and Hume
Leibnizs Principle of Individuation in His Disputatio
Christian Wolff on Individuation
Kants Individuation
Notes on Contributors

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Jorge J. E. Gracia is Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of Individuality: An Essay on the Foundations of Metaphysics and Philosophy and Its History: Issues in Philosophical Historiography; editor of Individuation in Scholasticism: The Later Middle Ages and the Counter-Reformation, 1150-1650; and co-editor of Philosophy and Literature in Latin America: A Critical Assessment of the Current Situation, all published by SUNY Press.

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